The Rays bid farewell to Longoria with this tweet: "We salute our greatest ever".
Aside from moving Span (a Tampa native), the Giants also dealt top hitting prospect Christian Arroyo (another Florida native) as well as pitching prospects Stephen Woods and Matt Krook.
While Longoria is a solid solution for San Francisco's problems in the short-term, there are significant consequences the Giants might face into the future because of this trade.
UPDATE, 5:55: Trade talks apparently picked up this afternoon, perhaps related to previous activity by other teams, and for first time Rays officials sound like something could happen tonight."At this point today, some of those conversations are movi". Evans also accomplished another goal with the trade, and that was unloading the contract of Denard Span, an outfielder who was owed $11 million next season and likely wouldn't have been a major factor for the team moving forward. The Giants do have room to make moves even after adding Longoria's money, but they're right up against their limit and still have holes to fill in the outfield, rotation and bullpen.
There is a clear point of delineation in the fortunes of Tampa Bay's Major League Baseball franchise, a split that can be summed up by one word, and one player. However, he's posted an OPS over.800 just once in the last four seasons. The Giants finished the season with Pablo Sandoval at third base; he batted.225 in 47 games.
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The 32-year-old Longoria leaves Tampa Bay as the longest-tenured player in franchise history, after spending almost 10 seasons in a Rays uniform.
Longoria, 32, is coming off a season in which he hit.261 with 20 homers, 36 doubles and 86 RBIs en route to a 3.6 WAR over 156 games. Frazier hit 27 home runs to Longoria's 20.
Since exploding his Rookie year with 27 home runs - the same year he helped propel the Rays to the World Series after earning the first playoff berth in franchise history - he's been the organization's pillar. But what's worse for those supporters is that his departure is a flashing neon sign that the Rays, long the pipsqueak financially in the behemoth AL East, are planning to take a step back in the division as the Yankees and Red Sox flex their might.
Longoria is still a plus player, but nowhere near the player, he was a few years ago.